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  1. Lovely_teacher's Avatar

    • Join Date: Nov 2007
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    in Malta and on Malta

    I saw that you can use both in and on with islands, but what's the difference?

    many thanks

  2. rewboss's Avatar

    • Join Date: Feb 2006
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    Re: in Malta and on Malta

    Well, "in" means "inside boundaries", while "on" means "on the surface of".

    Strictly speaking, you use "on" for small islands and "in" for countries -- "in Germany", but "on the Isle of Wight".

    But some islands are also countries: Malta is one. So you can say "in Malta" if you are thinking about the country, and "on Malta" if you are thinking about the island. Because they are the same thing, you can choose which you prefer.

    With larger island countries, it's more usual to say "in".


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